Summary: There was no room for Jesus to be born at the inn. This is a Christmas sermon dealing with the birth of Christ. This sermon is dealing with making sure we have room for Jesus in our lives. There was no room for Him at the inn. But is there room for him in
There was no room at the inn!
Dec. 17th 2006
Pastor Lorenzo Edwards
As you all know December is the time that we have set aside to remember the birth of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ.
No one knows the exact day when Jesus was born. But December 25, the date assigned to remember the birth, was introduced to counter the pagan feast of the sun god—the popular winter solstice festival held in Rome—the birthday of the Invincible Sun. This was a significant celebration in the cult of Mithras, the Persian god of light who was often identified with the sun. Long before the birth of Christ ancient people living in the Northern Hemisphere, observing the disappearance of the sun, expressed their fears in annual superstitious rituals.
The Christian celebration was intended to be a theological corrective. The season was chosen to recognize and proclaim that Christ was born into a dark world and that he is the true source of light. Christians wanted to mark the birth of the Son of God, who is the Light of the World, at a time when others were celebrating the mystery of the physical light coming back into the dark sky. The observance was intended to draw people away from superstition and myth and to help them focus on the deeper truth.
The theological corrective and observance of the birth of Jesus did not happen immediately after his life and death. For three hundred years after the ascension of Jesus to heaven, people remembered his death and resurrection. It was not until the early part of the fourth century that Christians felt a need to honor the birth of the Savior. In keeping with Old Testament feasts and festivals, it was designated a feast day, called the Feast of the Nativity. And Nativity means birth or origin: a place of being born.
The celebration featured a special mass in honor of the remembrance of his coming. It was thus called Christ’s Mass and became known later as simply Christmas. This in itself is significant, for it was Christ who was being celebrated. And as I look around our world today I have to wonder. Who are they celebrating. Have people forgotten the reason for the season. Do they really know that Christ is the answer? Do they know that happiness is not what they give or what they receive because God gave the only and most perfect gift of all he gave us his only begotten son. Jesus of Nazareth.
America has forgotten the real meaning of this special season. This season was not designed to put ourselves in depth. This was not designed to run up credit cards and buy things that we can not afford. And still be paying for Christmas gift in March of the next year. This season was not created to shop to you drop but it was designed to remember the birth of Jesus Christ.
I was shocked when I read the survey that was performed by Netdoctor.com.
When people was ask do Christmas make them depressed more than 57 per cent replied that it often or always does. And listen to the top reasons why Christmas make people depressed.
The reasons for people disliking Christmas are varied. Top hates are: